The Judges Stand: Catch The Count Preakness; Some Notes on Derby Program; Don Camerons Vindication; Rough Riders and Name Horses, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-04


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Charles Hatton THE JUDGES STAND By Charles Matron Catch The Count Preakness Some Notes on Derby Program Don Camerons Vindication Rough Riders and Name Horses y BALTIMORE Md May 3 3The The turfs glamour horses have arrived here on the hilltop for Saturdays 50000 Catch Countx Fleet Preakness All things being unequal as they are when The Count commences pouring it on we cannot think this Preakness field will catch him Mrs John Hertzs flashing brown colt won Saturdays battle of the roses with jockey Johnny Longden looking back and inspired the Old Wests turf scribes to refer to him fondly as The Hertz hurricane True the street car Derby was run in street car time This seemed a trifle disappointing to those who have come to expect a record or two will topple every time Count Fleet breaks out of a trot But there was neither any occasion for it with 15 lengths separating the first four to finish nor was the racing strip scraped and rolled as for Whirlaways record run This fiftythird Preakness should disclose if Reigh Counts sensationally swift son is actually staling off as some observers insist pointing out that he came to the Downs paddock more sedately and less like a seidlitz powder than heretofore For the sake of contrast it could be noted The Counts shadow Allen Simmons Blue Swords has undergone rather a strange metamorphosis himself Whereas he was docile at the gate and a sluggish beginner Blue Larkspurs hardhitting son now behaves excitedly and breaks faster Hastening into a few marginal notes on our Derby program thatv are staling off we proffer for whatever interest they now contain that the winner raced sans bandage on his widely publicized spiked coronet Slide Rule wore blinkers for the first time in actual competition competitionPrevious Previous to the Run for the Roses we enjoyed an impromptu kaffee klatche with Cecil Wilhelm who remarked that If he does not run as well as I expect on that right knee he fractured last season I shall stop him until he is completely mended mendedTwoses Twoses withdrawal was ocasioned by his having developed a slight filling in an ankle as a consequence of having been run down behind in the Derby Trial It seems to us the Whilom rancher who conditions William E Boeings thoroughbreds has acquitted himself uncommonly well with Devils Thumb Slide Rule and Twoses in view of the trios recurrent vicissitudes of train ¬ ing and racing Upon his return to Belmont Park Wilhelm will place Devils Thumb back under saddle hopeful of having him thoroughly tightened for midsummer specials such as the Classic and American Derby DerbyAbu Abu Ben Jones famed luck is out these days Not only did the expansive Mis siourian who is incidentally a rancher himself see Ocean Wave improve 10 lengths only to wrench some important ligaments in his near fore ankle but he has saddled a despairing sequence of discredited favorites at Louisville LouisvilleOwnerbreeder Ownerbreeder Warren Wright was unable to conceal his disappointment over Ocean Waves misadventure bravely as he tried Blenheim ns ornamental son must also be deprived of an vopportunity in the Preakness and Belmont Like Devils Thumb and Occupation he will face Count Fleet at Washington Park in the natural course of events eventsNoting Noting that Slide Rule was within nine lengths of Ocean Wave after being virtually left in the Trial and a similar distance behind The Count when both luckier and better seasoned we cannot work up any enthusiasm Ocean Wave would have troubled the Derby winner had he started Besides Jones would have risked breaking him down utterly Count Fleets spreadeagle manner of winning the sixtyninth Derby contained an element of vindication for trainer Don Cameron who rather has the last laugh on those faintly obnoxious kibitzers who questioned his every maneuver hTpreparing Mrs Hertzs colt for that most important engagement of his career The Derby winner has only to continue doing well in the interim to become a Triple Crown winner it would now appear appearThe The Stbner Creek colts prestige is such that he doubtless will jam the turnstiles at Pimlico Saturday Marylands thoroughbred lovers were duly impressed by his triumphs in last falls Pimlico Futurity and Walden This will mark their first opportunity of seeing him at three and they have been hearing glowing reports of his meteoric progress progressCol Col Matt Winn who a week back barely managed to suppress an amused chuckle when The Judge dared estimate 40000 would attend his wartime Derby was agreeably surprised that approximately 60000 responded to the magic of this annual spring turf festivalxhe has created createdIt It has ever been this expatriate Derby toyners observation that fully 60 per cent of those boomyear crowds were home folks Saturdays really mar ¬ velous gate seems to bear out that theory Perhaps stimulated by the Bashford Manor victory of his half brother Black Swan the leggy Riverland captured Pimlicos coveted Dixie the following day Satur ¬ day en route establishing a new mile and threesixteenths track standard of 156 at which Preakness starters will aim aimWe We learn incidentally that Black Swan was sold privately to Max Marmorstein as a yearling by Howard Wells the same who disposed of Riverland to Louisiana Farm for 5000 through a private transaction Edith A the dam of this competent pair of geldings obviously is one of those producers who would throw a winner if bred to a Jack At any rate the pedigrees of the sires Burgoo King Black Swan and Coldstream Riverland are markedly dissimilar At the same time Edith A is by a plater Mount Beacon who was not better than he should have been beenCol Col Al Sabath of Alsab fame wires us that Lieut Dan Sabath his son last weekend graduated from Camp Lee The suave Chicago barristers many friends up and down the racing map will be delighted to learn that his physicians have redboarded the Colonel in his latest race with an illness The Sab will make the Colonel feel chipper than a twoyearold when he returns to the races at Chicago in the summer Sarge Swenke declares He acts like coming back harder than ever to beat beatJohnny Johnny Longden the jockey of the hour rode a particularly heady race astride Count Fleet last weekend we thought Once again rival hooters attempted to give his mount a hazing at the outset of the Derby But mild little Longden had other plans and gave it right back to them refusing to be squeezed back Thereafter The Count galloped each challenger into submission They did nick one of his shins slightly slightlyIt It would be a real calamity were Count Fleet or any other name horse put out of business by the rough riders

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